The game follows the story of the movie. You know how that guy who looks like Michael Moore comes and kidnaps Woody and Buzz tries to save him? Well the game is very loosely based on this premise. This is a game after all so you will also be doing tons of tasks along the way.
Some of the characters feel like they are helping with the story on the way forward, but others feel like a filler. Collecting coins and racing RC Cars are common in this, but the problem is that this filler makes up a huge portion of the game, and who wants to be collecting coins when you can be tracking down that fat documentary director in a life jacket. Ok he isn’t actually Michael Moore but he does look like him though.
Gameplay in Toy Story 2 is a cross between 3D platforming and some shooting the latter of which works much better than the former. Platforming in this game isn’t impossible but it can be extremely frustrating mainly due to the camera. I’m sure you can tell that this game was giving me fits whilst playing it. The game uses a Sudo 3D effect at times just to make things look nicer, but when the camera always gets in the wrong spot this can always be a problem. Lining up jumps is always a problem as depth perception is non-existent, it’s just a good thing when in the game you don’t take falling damage.
Combat on the other hand is much better than I expected. Buzz is usually firing his laser which he can charge up, or use as rapid fire to destroy enemies. You also get some power-ups for it. These are actually a lot of fun to use, it’s just a shame that the platforming is much worse.
Now where Toy Story 2 lacks in the game department, they make up for it in presentation, cut scenes look very nice and mixing in some images from the movie, really helped to settle the player in. The game interface is also excellent where the player can pick all their favourite levels but of course, it's more fun to look at the interface than it is to play the actual game. Visually it is obvious a later PlayStation release, environments and characters look pretty nice and the visual effects look great, it’s just a shame that the camera doesn’t let you see this very often. The strongest aspect of Toy Story 2 the movie is with its audio and this continues in the game. The voice actors are present giving great performances for the little bit that they are used and the music is still some the best in the game. Randy Newman is just awesome.
Toy Story 2 - Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue is a game that is defiantly flawed and it is nowhere near as much fun as it was 18 years ago, however, for a little nostalgia this game might be worth picking up for a weekend.